My Coldest Bike Ride Ever

I just rode back from the pub in the coldest weather I’ve ever cycled in.

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53 Responses to My Coldest Bike Ride Ever

  1. Colorado Wellington says:

    Man rides down the street in that cold, people know he’s not afraid of anything.

    Credit: Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne

  2. Me says:

    Remember that black Ice thing I was telling you about way back when? And you said you don’t get black Ice? Remember that? Well what happened on the I 95?

  3. Trout Bugs says:

    My nearest wunderground station in Loveland – about 100 yards away from the house – got down to -18F. It’s now warmed to a sultry -14F.

    I did not ride my bike. In fact, I’m afraid to even open my garage door lest the spring shatter.

  4. gator69 says:

    I’ll stick with my heated seats.

  5. Colorado Wellington says:

    You are full of surprises, gator.

  6. Eric Simpson says:

    I wonder what it felt like. How did you bundle up? I’ve biked in 30°F weather for a couple of hours and everything was fine except my feet, which nearly froze.

  7. Bob Grise says:

    Don’t walk back from the Pub if you are a right winger. Recall Andrew Breitbart!!!! Just sayin.
    I’m a weather watcher from Minnesota going on 50 years. My rule of thumb from the past is super cold temps almost never arrive before New Years Day. Obviously not the case this year. Many temp records will be broken this Sunday morn. Which reminds me, the global warming nuts keep telling us a few degrees warming is perilous. So I’m to believe that 32 below, (without wind) is life threatening, but 29 below is no big deal???? Ya…Right. Such Tomfoolery

  8. FourTimesAYear says:

    If you were pedaling against the wind, you need to add more wind chill…and please be careful. Those temps are dangerous to be riding (or walking) in.

  9. Douglas Hoyt says:

    Back in the early 1960s I once played a hockey game when it was 30 below zero, not that anyone believes me. After the game, it was about a mile walk to get home and it was very windy. At one point we had to hide in a culvert to warm up a bit. Then we came to the main road and there was absolutely no traffic on it, which never happened before or since. Everyone was staying inside to keep warm.

    • RAH says:

      One day in Feb of 1983 I think it was, as an SF soldier on an a team in 3rd Bn., 10th SFG (A) I was at Smugglers Notch in Vermont doing the down hill portion of our annual ski and winter warfare training. Windchill on the peak and windward side of the mountain reached -90 deg. F. The primary slopes were on the lee side and we only got into that wind when we rode the lifts up but it was still absolutely miserable. I had a mustache and the balaclava I was wearing froze to it. We had the slopes to ourselves because even the ski patrol had the sense to go hole up. I have been up much higher in mountains from Norway down to the Dolomites in Italy and in the rockies but never experienced cold like that. The cold in New England and upstate NY has a more biting character for some reason.

      Skiing in leather boots is a completely different ball game compared to plastic. Far less forgiving. Technique must be much more exact or your going down. Those leather boots also don’t provide near the insulation of plastic downhill or touring boots. But we used leather because you just don’t have the room nor can stand the weight of carrying two different sets of boots when your in the field.

      • Gail Combs says:

        About that time (1979-1994) I was X-country skiing in the White Mountains.

        It is darn cold there. I think because of the higher humidity.

      • Douglas Hoyt says:

        I was living in northern Maine at the time of the hockey game. I also had a paper route and one day, late in the afternoon when it was totally dark, a blizzard was raging and I was delivering papers. About half way through the route my eyebrows had iced up, so I went home to warm up. Then I noticed my hands had swollen up – perhaps frost bite. After warming up, I went back and finished delivering the papers. I think I was colder then than ever, even when years later I went to the South Pole and it was 40 below.

  10. Don B says:

    Tony, thanks for illustrating an obvious point.

    Fossil fueled and heated automobiles are good.

    Even so, Saturday morning I drove from Colorado Springs to Boulder, and the lowest temperature the car thermometer registered was minus 7, but the heater couldn’t quite keep my feet warm during that 3 hour drive.

  11. R. Shearer says:

    Coldest I have ever experienced was about -40 degrees. I don’t recall whether that was C or F. :)

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